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“Very Good Value and Nice Hotel” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Adventure Inn
Ranked #3 of 84 Hotels in San Jose
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Ohio
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88 reviews
53 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Very Good Value and Nice Hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2013

The Adventure Inn was our last stop before heading home from our Costa Rica vacation. It was such a nice place to stay and the value was incredible. As others have said before, we got a free cab ride to the airport and a very nice breakfast included in the price. The fruit, juices and breads would have been a filling meal, but you then got a choice of several hot selections from a menu.
We had dinner there and a few drinks at the bar. The food was very good and Mike, the bartender (hope I remembered his name correctly), was a good guy and a good bartender.
They have a lovely pool area where we sat and enjoyed the sun and read before leaving for the airport. Checkout isn't until noon and if you're still not ready to leave, they will store your luggage and allow you to use the facilities.
We also used AI to rent our car. I had contacted several places before going through them, and some of the prices were outrageous. We really decided to go with them when the estimate was sooo reasonable and they were so upfront with the insurance and everything else that was included. It was also nice that we could pull into the hotel on our last full day and just leave the car. The rental place will come and pick it up.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank herekittyOhio
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Sturbridge, Massachusetts
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19 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2013

Excellent service, very nice people, a good dinner menu with very good food, Our rooms were large and the decor was very cool with hand painted nature scenes. There was computer access and a printer so that we could do our boarding passes and e-mail and call home. We spent two nights here, one on the way in and on the way out of San Jose airport. They arranged pickup for us at the airport and a cab on our departure at no cost. A very good value. Excellent management and that really cares about quality of service. This was our third trip to Costa Rica and we always travel on a budget on the way in and the way out. This was by far the best place we have ever stayed and we would gladly return there.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank DianaCR504
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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114 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2013

This hotel is perfect if you're on a budget, or you're just hubbing through San Jose for a night. The price is really good considering they will pay for your shuttle ride to or from the airport and you get a full breakfast. You can make free international phone calls, there is free wifi in your room and there is even a discount if you are paying cash. If you're looking for a 5 star hotel then this isn't it, but our room was clean and the staff were friendly. Breakfast was very good too.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Duncan6
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Norman Oklahoma
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2013

I have been spending four to six weeks each year for the past 7 years at the Adventure Inn in Cariari, San Jose Costa Rica. It is my favorite hotel. It is secure, perfectly clean, has many great amenities, great location, great food, is a great value, and most of all has the nicest people working there I have met. My fiancé and I were guests at the Adventure Inn last November and we decided to get married. Costa Rica is much like Las Vegas in that it is simple for travelers to get married as there are no document or medical requirements, no waiting period, and the ceremonies can be performed by a lawyer. We asked Eric Robinson (the owner) if we could have the ceremony in the Moon Glow restaurant in the hotel and he graciously accommodated all of our needs including recommendations for an excellent Costa Rican lawyer to handle the legal matters and perform the ceremony. The Moon Glow was wonderfully decorated for the wedding and catered the ceremony with simply marvelous foods (more food than was consumed), champagne, and drinks. We invited all the employees and friends (about 40 people) to be our guests and two very special friends (Randall and Heidy) served as our witnesses. The hotel GAVE us the honeymoon suite for the evening which was decorated beautifully for our wedding. It was simply the most beautiful wedding we could have imagined. Then, we honeymooned at the hotel, swimming at the pool, having great meals, taking daytrips to the various places of interest in Costa Rica. I will not give the cost of the wedding except to say that for the cost of the AVERAGE USA wedding (estimated on the internet) we could have been married 25 times at the Adventure Inn. It is a day we will hold close in our hearts all of our lives. We give our sincere thanks to all of our friends at the Adventure Inn.

Ron and Sashka

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Robug
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Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2013

We would like to thank the management & staff at the Adventure Inn on the excellent service they provided us during our stay. Everyone was friendly, helpful, and the food was excellent. Your friendly staff made us feel welcome and at home. The hotel is close to the airport and we felt safe to walk around the area. We will recommend your hotel to our friends when they venture to San Jose................ Thank You,
Barry & Gaile
Alberta, Canada

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Gaile T
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San Francisco, CA
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55 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2013

This is a budget airport hotel - it should not, to my mind, be the 2nd best hotel in san jose. If you are looking for a more luxury or moderate hotel to begin or end your trip, this is not it. However, as a budget hotel it was fine. Stayed for one night at the end of our trip. Eclectic jungle decorating motif. The whole place looked like it could use a good scrub down or some freshening up. Room was reasonably cleanish (cockroach in the shower), beds reasonably comfortable (mattress wasn't bad, but linens were scratchy and had some stains). The ac was loud, a dull roar. In some ways, this was good as it drowned out the drunken parties in the pool ( which our room overlooked). The worst thing was the window coverings, which did not block the bright outdoor lights.

Our wake up call and shuttle to the airport were timely and uneventful. The famed boxed breakfast looked nasty- we tossed it in the trash. I saw other travelers trying to give theirs away.

While hotel staff at first told me they could handle the departure tax, they later corrected themselves. The hotel cannot handle the departure tax for you, you will have to pay at the airport.

Location - you are about 15 minutes away from the airport by the hotel shuttle, but not in the heart of San Jose.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank GoldenGateTravels
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AdventureInn, Owner at Adventure Inn, responded to this review, January 30, 2013
I am not sure why this person has a problem that a relatively inexpensive hotel rates second in San Jose? Value for your dollar is why people read TripAdvisor, anyone can pay $200 or $300 per night and know they are going to get a pretty nice hotel, so what? What separates us from others is a caring friendly staff, great location and bang for your buck. Free airport transfers before and after international flights, free international phone calls, a complimentary full buffet and sit down hot served breakfast, four guest computers, free WiFi, pre-arrival advice and planning of your vacation including low cost car rentals, tours and transfers throughout Costa Rica, plus a nice pool, Jacuzzi and small gym, and large fully equipped rooms with A/C, cable TV, full bath and interesting Mayan/Tico decore. If you leave before our 6 to 10 am breakfast, we will pack you a little take-away snack, a ham and cheese sandwich with packaged condiments on the side, fresh cut fruit and a juice box. Throw it away, why? Perhaps if this person stayed in another hotel that didn't offer this free service, nor the free early morning transfer to the airport, he would have nothing to complain about. As far as cleanliness, we have seven hard-working maids in a 34 room hotel, and it is one of the cleaner hotels you will stay in no matter how much you pay. We were built where a rainforest once stood, and with our open-concept, so we do get the occasional flying bug to pay us a visit, but we use non-toxic products to fumigate on a regular basis.
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Bristol
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

After our free pickup from the airport (courtesy of the Adventure Inn), we were warmly welcomed by the staff. Our room was clean and comfortable and we slept well; just what we needed after a 13+ hour flight. Breakfast was good too. For a mid-price hotel, this place is great.

Now onto all of those little extras which make such a difference. The hotel staff are brilliant. Friendly, helpful and nothing is too much trouble. We used the Adventure Inn to get a hire car and they got us a good rate with Mapache. The staff were kind enough to give us lots of local information, directions and recommendation for our journey to La Fortuna. They were also really helpful when we returned the hire car to the hotel when they managed the handover back to Mapache as we had to get to the airport to get our flight home. We ate at the Moon Glow Bar before we left - it had a good & varied menu and once again, the staff were wonderful.

As a closing comment (and for UK readers), the customer service from the Adventure Inn is similar to shopping at John Lewis - for non-UK readers, it's simply the best.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Leighton R
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Property: Adventure Inn
Address: Ciudad Cariari, Autopista General Canas | Between San Jose and SJO Airport, San Jose, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in San Jose
#2 Romantic Hotel in San Jose
#3 Business Hotel in San Jose
#6 Green Hotel in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Adventure Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A modern value-priced 3.5 star San Jose hotel convenient to both the airport and city with free airport shuttle service*. Enjoy a full American and Tico buffet and hot ordered breakfast; 34 spacious smoke-free rooms with A/C, cable, free international phone calls, safe ($1 extra), two new queen beds and a modern tiled bath; a nice restaurant and bar opening into our new outdoor pool complex, full wifi throughout, four guest computers, a new ten-piece gym, car rentals, central to Costa Rica's biggest and best tours, and unequalled travel help and advice. ... more   less 
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